Deborah Roberts presents 'I'm' at The Contemporary Austin, Texas, USA

12 September 2020
I'm at The Contemporary Austin, Texas is the first institutional solo exhibition in Texas by Austin-based artist Deborah Roberts. The exhibition comprises a selection of new collages and paintings, as well as two new interactive sound, text, and video sculptures on the museum's first floor. To coincide with the exhibition, the artist has also created a new figurative mural on the exterior of the Jones Center building.

Deborah Roberts is included in the group exhibition 'Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection’ at Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, USA.

24 April 2020
Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art is a group exhibition that celebrates recent acquisitions to Pérez Art Museum Miami's collection. Inspired by his upbringing in a number of Latin American countries, Jorge M. Pérez began collecting the work of Cuban and Afro-Latino artists several years ago. Recently he has expanded that focus to include artists of the full African diaspora. Allied with Power shows the result of these years of dedicated effort and exploration. The exhibition showcases a wide range of practices and thematics, including abstraction, representation, politics, spirituality, and race.

Deborah Roberts is included in 'Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago' at MCA Chicago, Illinois, USA

29 February 2020
Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago is a group exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago that brings together works from across the city's public and private art collections. Stepping away from traditional exhibition formats, the show reimagines the relationships between artists and objects across time, geography, and media.

Deborah Roberts is included in ‘Re/Devaluing Colorism: Intersections of Skin Color and Currency' at Southwest School of Art, Texas, USA

13 December 2019
Re/Devaluing Colorism is a group exhibition at Southwest School of Art in Texas, guest curated by Aissatour Sidime-Blanton. The exhibition brings together the work of fourteen ethnically and socio-economically diverse female artists to address the harmful effects of colorism today.

BBATX presents CHATROOM with Deborah Roberts at its Headquarters in Austin, Texas, USA

3 December 2019
Boss Babes ATX parters with Virginia Cumberbatch on Tuesday 3 December to present CHATROOM with African American artist Deborah Roberts. The conversation will take place between 6.30-8pm at BBATX Headquarters in the artist's home town in Austin, Texas, USA.

Deborah Roberts conducts a lecture at Austin Peay State University (APSU), Texas, USA

12 November 2019
The lecture will take place at the APSU Art and Design Building, in Room 120 on Tuesday 12 November 2019 from 6pm. Alongside this lecture, Roberts will also conduct one-on-one studio visits with selected students.

Deborah Roberts is selected for 'The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today', touring from the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

26 October 2019
The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today features work by the almost 50 finalists of National Portrait Gallery's latest Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The exhibition encompasses a wide range of media including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Deborah Roberts' recent collage '80 Days (Nessun Dorma Series)' is amongst the works selected for inclusion. The exhibition tours from National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. to Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri and Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska (2019–2021).

Deborah Roberts features in ‘Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage’ at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, UK.

29 June 2019
‘Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage' is the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place. Often described as a twentieth-century invention, collage in fact has a long history. Showing the vast range and depth of collage as a medium, this show spans a period of more than 400 years, and displays over individual 250 works.

Deborah Roberts is Included in ‘Still I Rise' at Kidspace Gallery and Art-Making Studio At MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, USA

15 June 2019
Still I Rise at Kidspace Gallery and Art-Making Studio At MASS MoCA, Massachusetts is a group exhibition that refers back to Maya Angelou's 1978 verse of the same name. The show brings together artists who use portraiture to contest the misogynistic nature of historical figuration, typically painted by white men for white men.

Denzil Forrester, Deborah Roberts, Yinka Shonibare CBE and Kehinde Wiley in ‘Get Up, Stand Up Now', Somerset House, London, UK

12 June 2019
Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers is a major new exhibition curated by Zak Ové that celebrates Black creativity from the post-war era to the present day. Bringing together major historical works alongside new commissions and personal archives, the exhibition features 100 interdisciplinary artists who are considered groundbreakers of their generation and genre.


Stephen Friedman Gallery launches a new publication to accompany Deborah Roberts' solo exhibition, 'If they come'

6 June 2019
'If they come' is Deborah Roberts' first solo exhibition at the gallery and in Europe. The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication featuring an essay by Daniella Rose King, Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Roberts will have a major solo exhibition at The Contemporary Austin, Texas in September 2020.

'Let Them Be Children' (2018) by Deborah Roberts has been acquired by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia, USA.

2 April 2019
‘Let Them Be Children' (2018) is one of the largest and most populous works that Deborah Roberts has made to date. The artist's use of collage speaks to the challenges encountered by young black children as they strive to build their identity, particularly as they respond to preconceived social constructs in terms of the black community, the white gaze and visual culture at large. 

Deborah Roberts' first catalogue is now available for pre-purchase, 'The Evolution of Mimi' at Spelman Museum of Fine Art.

29 March 2019
We are delighted to announce that Deborah Roberts' first catalogue is now available for pre-purchase, 'The Evolution of Mimi' at Spelman Museum of Fine Art.

Deborah Roberts in 'Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary' at the California African American Museum, California, USA

6 March 2019
Charles White's artistic portrayals of black subjects, life, and history were extensive and far-reaching. ‘Plumb Line' features contemporary artists whose work exploring the black individual and collective life resonates with White's profound and continuing influence.

Deborah Roberts is an Artist in Residence at Rauschenberg Residency at Captiva, Florida, USA

4 March 2019
In 2012, the inauguration of the Rauschenberg Residency saw the studios, houses, and property functioning together as a vibrant creative centre. Established as one of the foundation's major strategic initiatives, the residency program serves more than seventy artists annually.

'Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi' at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

6 September 2018
Deborah Roberts creates visually arresting collages that encourage important conversations about girlhood, vulnerability, body image, popular culture, self-image, and the dysfunctional legacy of colorism. Combining found photographs, painting, and drawing, she examines the weight that society places on Black girls. 'Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi', an original exhibition organised by the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, features more than 50 collages, paintings, and hand-painted serigraphs.

Deborah Roberts in 'Constructing Identity in America' (1766-2017) at the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, USA

1 September 2018
‘Constructing Identity in America' featuring Deborah Roberts is a group show displaying works from the permanent collection of Montclair Art Museum. With works produced since America's birth in 1776 to the present day, the show addresses and analyses the evolution of American identity across time.

Deborah Roberts in 'Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection’ at Taubman Museum of Art, Roanake, Virginia, USA

3 March 2018
‘Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection' features over one hundred works from various media highlighting the global migration of peoples across the world. The exhibiting artists create work that investigates the universal conversation of migration, history, race and representation in art being made today. The exhibition captures the personal stories and collective histories of artists reflected through installations, videos, paintings and sculptures.

Deborah Roberts in 'Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks’ at Mass Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

17 January 2018
This exhibition is a tribute to artist Barkley L. Hendricks' legacy and a celebration of new generations of figurative artists of color. Many of these artists work in the same spirit as Hendricks and portray themselves; their friends, families, and communities; and the complexities of their lives in captivating images. Through varied media and diverse approaches, they chronicle the present moment and their work often questions dominant cultural narratives and addresses important contemporary issues.

Deborah Roberts in ‘Fictions’ at Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, New York, USA

14 September 2017
Fictions is a survey of recent work by nineteen emerging artists of African descent who live and work across the United States. The works in Fictions investigate questions at the core of The Studio Museum in Harlem's mission to be the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally, and for work inspired by black culture. They draw inspiration from diverse sources-such as everyday objects, childhood memories, current and historic events, and the body-often creating parallel or alternate narratives that complicate fact, fiction and memory.